Portraits: family & friends

It’s an honour to be invited into your life to record something special for you on film. For me, I see it as documenting a moment in time, your history, something that will increase in value and that you’ll keep returning to.

I love capturing every day scenes, of people in their environments, not staged in a studio. And always, the very best moments are unplanned. So I take some time to talk with you and arrange to do something that will put you at ease and then I melt into the background, and patiently wait for the magic moments to unfold. But of course, nothing ever goes exactly to plan, particularly when little ones are involved. As a Mum, I understand that beautiful, crazy side of kids and know just how to roll with the good times and change direction when necessary.

Most importantly, when we do the shoot, you’ll have fun. I’ll have fun. And it will show in your beautiful images.

“The moment we met Hayley we were smitten. It was through her photographs of our son Fletcher that we fell in love. The story Hayley weaves and the magic in everyday life she captures is incredible. I can truly say she’s photographed some of the most beautiful and poignant moments of our son’s life.””

Jessica and Ben Studholme, San Francisco

Corporate portraits

Not everyone loves having their photo taken, especially for work—I get it and believe me, you’re not alone. But I think you’ll find working with me surprisingly enjoyable! And my reward will be seeing how happy you are with the finished product. To me, a corporate portrait should imbue a quiet confidence. It should capture the beauty of the person in a genuine way. Nobody needs a cookie cutter shot in front of a generic background. After all, chances are you’ll have to look at it every day across all your social platforms, so it’s worth having something you’re proud of, something that reflects who you are and presents the right image of your business.

So how do I make this happen? Well, the way we work together is the key. I don’t just turn up and start shooting. Instead, we have a chat and relax a little first. And by the time we begin, you’ll trust that I’ll take an image of the very finest version of you.

“Hayley is a gifted photographer. We commissioned her to create portraits of our international executives and consultants. Her ability to make her subjects laugh and feel comfortable is evident in the final product: photos that are relaxed, confident and that we’re proud to use to show off our team. Hayley’s stellar personality coupled with her high quality work, professionalism and responsiveness is the reason we keep asking her to come back.”

Climate Policy Initiative, Alex Coonce, San Francisco 

Hollywood stars to boardroom bigwigs

And you’ll be pleased to know that I’m seasoned at it. I’m accustomed to working with big names, bright stars and corporate heavyweights. Some of the notable people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing over the years include Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Nicole Kidman, and Richard Branson. And I use the same approach when working with them as I would with you. After all, super star or start up hero—it’s about the person behind the lens, connecting with the person in front of the lens in that moment, and that’s all that matters.

Architecture, Fashion & Events

The way the afternoon light hits a building façade…the gentle fall of a garment’s fabric…the joy on the faces of spectators as they watch events unfold. Details matter and can make an image unforgettable. If you need me to work as part of a team on a large-scale shoot, or to be one-on-one with your products, or garments adorning a model—you can rest assured that I’m experienced, I love what I do, and I’m ready to capture something extraordinary that makes your people, your products or your places shine.

I can work with all of the gear or I can strip it right back. I’m flexible, because I know you need me to be.

Weddings

Everything you’ve read about my photography style and approach applies to a wedding. It’s so important that I get to know you first and that I understand what matters most to you both. And by the time your big day rolls around, I’ll be ready and you can relax in the knowledge that I’m capturing your story, just the way you want it to be told. Weddings are all about intimate moments, emotion, personality and style, love, family and friends. My aim is to record this authentically, and beautifully. I’ll be there from the very beginning when we start talking concepts, until the very end when I deliver your stunning images.

“Hayley’s work is magical. She’s captured the feelings and the delight of our happy day. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hayley as a complete professional, truly gifted photographer, and a genuinely wonderful person.”

Simon & Elizabeth Cathcart, Cambridge, New Zealand